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Tianjin Exchange

First Chinese Exchange Visit

Fifteen pupils aged 12 to 16, from Carmel College, spent nine days at Xinhua High School in Tianjin on a cultural exchange. This was the first exchange visit in the partnership between the two schools and it is hoped it will become an annual exchange.

The young people stayed with student hosts enabling them to experience family life first hand. Whilst in school they enjoyed lessons in Mandarin, Calligraphy, Chinese Art, Printing, Maths, Science, Tai Chi, PE, Mask painting and cookery. They also enjoyed visits to Tianjin University, two museums, a riverboat cruise, the zoo and a classical music concert.

They also spent three days in Beijing visiting Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and a Kung Fu show. The students were accompanied by teachers Mr Hannaford (Head of PE) and Ms Thonnart, who is the International Coordinator for Carmel College.

‘It was a fantastic opportunity for our pupil’s to experience the Chinese culture and meet and make friends with young people from China&rsqou; said Mr Hannaford. ‘They all had a wonderful time and can’t wait for the Xinhua students to visit Darlington, early next year.’ said Ms Thonnart.

To view the photos of the China exchange please click here: